Thanks for that Diane, it's a minefield and not knowing the geography of areas it's also very daunting. I hope that between Sept 2014 and Jan 2015 we will be able to do hands on research and get him settled somewhere. I know we want to put our children's happiness first and not unsettle them even more than we probably have making the move but realistically it will also depend on where I will be working too. I guess the best bet is to do as much research when we are there in the first 3 months and try to get a happy medium.
Sorry Emmiejay don't want to seem to be taking over your post xx but hopefully this will also be useful info to you.